Should You Train Martial Arts Every Day

Should You Train Martial Arts Every Day (Explained)

Can you train martial arts every day of the week?

The amount of training you should do depends on your goals and how much your body can take. It is important to get enough rest in between training sessions. Therefore, keeping some of the training sessions lighter than others is a good way to do it.

Let’s dive deeper into things to keep in mind if you want to do martial arts training every day.

Can you train martial arts every day?

Technically, you can train martial arts every day. However, if you decide to train every single day, it’s important to keep some days lighter than others.

Overtraining is a real thing. If you get burned out, you might be forced to take some time off from training, which translates to less progress.

Therefore, it’s important to find a training speed that you will be able to continue for longer, in order to maximize your progress.

Sometimes less is more, and training every day is not recommended.

You could on the other hand do something that enhances your martial arts performance on the “lighter days”. Those activities can be going for a jog or just some basic stretching. Both of those activities can improve your performance in martial arts.

How to train martial arts every day?

If you really want to train martial arts every day and your body can handle it, here is an example schedule for you. You can adjust it based on how the lessons in your martial arts gym are set.

  • Monday: Martial arts
  • Tuesday: Jogging
  • Wednesday: Martial arts
  • Thursday: Stretching / Weight lifting
  • Friday: Martial arts
  • Saturday: Jogging
  • Sunday: Light sparring

As you might know, there are other ways to improve your performance in martial arts than just regular martial arts training.

I also have a guide on how to improve punching speed & power at home. You can read the guide here.

At some point, the bottleneck of your progress can become your strength or endurance. Therefore, you could add strength training, cardio, and stretching to your weekly schedule from the early days forward.

If your martial arts gym only offers one or two lessons per week, you could also do some martial arts training on your own. I have a full post on how to train martial arts by yourself at home. You can read it here.

On top of that, if you are really into martial arts, I have a guide on building your own martial arts gym at home. You can find the guide here.

Should you train martial arts every day?

Training martial arts every single day of the week is often not recommended. Especially if you have a full-time job and a family, having the energy to also practice martial arts that much is highly unlikely.

On the other hand, if you wish to become a full-time fighter and make a living from it, training every day doesn’t sound so unrealistic anymore.

In this case, it is still important to see how much your body can handle. Keeping some days lighter and even days off every now and then is a good way to make sure you won’t overtrain and be burned out.

It’s much better to only train 4-5 times a week than every day, but get burned out and have to take a month or months off from training. That might even lead for you to quitting for good, which is definitely not good.

There are a lot of benefits of training martial arts, quitting for good due to overtraining is the last thing you need, if you wanted to become a professional.

How often you should train martial arts?

The amount of training depends on your schedule, your goals, and how much your body can take it.

I have a full guide about how often you should train martial arts, based on your goals. You can read it here.

How many hours should you train at once?

Typically martial arts lessons are anything between 1 to 3 hours. The golden middle is 1,5 to 2 hours at a time, which can include a good handful of technique and sparring.

Training less than an hour at once will barely get you warmed up, and training more than 3 hours at once will get really exhausting by the end.

Therefore, training 1,5 to 2 hours at a time is a good way to go.

The amount of training at once can also depend a lot on how many times per week you are training. If you train once a week, 2 or more hours at once is not too much for the average person. They will still get 6 days of rest in between those longer training sessions.

On the other hand, for someone who trains every single day, keeping some days shorter like an hour can be essential in order to keep up the training pace.

Final thoughts

So, in conclusion, you can train every day if you want. However, it’s important to avoid overtraining and keep some days lighter than others.

If you have a job and a family, training every day might be a difficult task. Try to find the best balance for you between work, rest, family, and martial arts.

Here is a post going through the pros and cons of practicing Karate every day.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a wonderful rest of your day.

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